Penn Medicine


Elissa Klinger, SM

Assistant Director

Elissa Klinger is the assistant director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health. In this role, Elissa designs and develops both research and health system-facing projects and provides oversight for operations and staff.

Prior to joining Penn Medicine, Elissa worked as a senior research project manager in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. For six years, she managed a portfolio of health services research trials that leveraged health information technology to promote risk assessment and prevention in primary care. Areas of focus included pharmacovigilance, cancer screening, and clinical decision-making. At Partners Healthcare in Boston, she was the project manager for the Center for Drug Policy. Before her work in U.S. health care, Elissa completed short-term consulting and research projects with international institutions including the World Health Organization.

Elissa completed a bachelor’s degree in growth and structure of cities at Bryn Mawr College.  She also holds a master's degree with a focus on population and international health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Publications of interest include: Patient-Facing Mobile Apps to Treat High-Need, High-Cost Populations: A Scoping ReviewMany Mobile Health Apps Target High-Need, High-Cost Populations, But Gaps RemainCost-Effectiveness of a Health System-Based Smoking Cessation ProgramA Cluster Randomized Trial of a Personalized Multi-Condition Risk Assessment in Primary CareDeveloping a Framework for Evaluating the Patient Engagement, Quality, and Safety of Mobile Health ApplicationsAccuracy of race, ethnicity, and language preference in an electronic health recordProactive tobacco cessation outreach to smokers of low socioeconomic status: a randomized clinical trialPatient-centered interventions to improve medication management and adherence: a qualitative review of research findingsUse of practice-based research network data to measure neighborhood smoking prevalenceComparing electronic health record portals to obtain patient-entered family health history in primary careActive pharmacovigilance and healthcare utilizationImplementation of a Center for Drug Policy across a system of hospitals.


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